An Open Letter (and huge thank you) to Corey Finke of Toys “R” Us

It’s taken me ten minutes to start writing this post. Not because I don’t have any words. Because, of those, I’ve got plenty. But, because I’ve been trying to figure out how to type the backward R in Toys “R” Us. This, until I realized that Toys “R” Us doesn’t even type their own R backwards. So, feeling much less pressured, we can begin. Ahem. For those of you who.

Allison Planet: Peck – The Little Woodpecker Who Could

On the outside, Peck the Woodpecker looked a lot like every other woodpecker in his family. But, Peck was different, and he knew it. He wasn’t like other woodpeckers, or any other bird for that matter. Peck was afraid of heights, which seemed silly, especially for a bird. He knew there was nothing to be afraid of, but that wasn’t enough to change the way he felt on the inside..

Whiskers

Yesterday, a few hours before dismissal, I received an email from Luca’s teacher. She had taken the time to send it to all the parents, something for which I am so grateful. _ _ Dear Families, Our classroom pet, “Whiskers,” the hamster, came to the end of his lifetime this morning. He was an old hamster; here before many of the children began attendance in the classroom. We explained to.

Painfully Beautiful

It took me a long time to notice all the noises outside my head. And, even longer, to take the time to stop and really listen to them. For as long as I can remember, I’ve intentionally avoided seeing the world around me. And, not just the ugly parts, I turn away from even the most beautiful. It is all so heartbreaking. When I finally realized it was probably better.

Project: We See You 2013: Homestretch!

Hi guys! Well, we’re in the homestretch for this year’s project! Updates: My son’s school has taken this up as their community service project for December. They set up bins around the campus to collect donations. They also took an excerpt from the first piece I wrote on homelessness, publishing it in their weekly post. My mind is officially blown. When I told Luca that I’d written this page, he.